Definition of Shell-flower
1. Noun. Showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple.
Group relationships: Chelone, Genus Chelone
Generic synonyms: Bog Plant, Marsh Plant, Swamp Plant
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Literary usage of Shell-flower
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Henderson's Handbook of Plants and General Horticulture by Peter Henderson (1904)
"... and is an interesting plant for the rock-work or rock-garden. Shell-bark Hickory. Soo Carya. Shell-Flower. See Chelone. Shell-Flower. Mexican. ..."
2. Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1882)
"... and who will come and be happy with me in the Spirit-land ? I shall be beautiful forever there. Yes, I shall be more beautiful than my shell-flower, ..."
3. Plant Names, Scientific and Popular, Including in the Case of Each Plant the by Albert Brown Lyons (1900)
"About 2 species, Mediterranean region. (a) M. liH'vis L., western Asia, often cult, in gardens, is called shell-flower or Molucca Balm. 1347. ..."
4. Gardening in California: A Brief Treatise on the Best Methods of Cultivating by William Scrugham Lyon (1904)
"ALPINIA NUTANS "WEST INDIAN SHELL FLOWER." In habit and character of leaf not unlike a canna— but less rigid and hence more graceful. ..."
5. The Freshwater Aquarium and Its Inhabitants: Guide for the Amateur Aquarist by Otto Eggeling, Frederick Ehrenberg (1912)
"It is quite valuable as an oxygen- ator. FIG. 42. Shell Flower, Pistia ... Shell Flower (Pistia ..."